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We Need to Talk About Heidegger

Essays Situating Martin Heidegger in Contemporary Media Studies

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Edited By Justin Michael Battin and German A. Duarte

This collection assembles a number of chapters engaging different strands of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy in order to explore issues relevant to contemporary media studies. Following the release of Heidegger’s controversial Black Notebooks and the subsequent calls to abandon the philosopher, this book seeks to demonstrate why Heidegger, rather than be pushed aside and shunned by media practitioners, ought to be embraced by and further incorporated into the discipline, as he offers unique and often innovative pathways to address, and ultimately understand, our daily engagements with media-related phenomena.

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Thinking Architecture through Heidegger’s Views

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Over the years, philosophy and architecture have engaged in a continuous and open dialogue in order to achieve a better understanding and interpretation of architectural language. This chapter discusses the way that the philosophical discourse of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger intersects the field of architectural theory and praxis.

This discussion emerges as a research tool in seeking answers to questions generated during the architectural synthesis which, as a creative praxis, constitutes a quite complex process; architects are thinking by hand, while they draw a line recalling experiences, images and anamneses they set the frame for a new world to be constructed, for a new narration to be unfolded. The questions raised most often concern the nature of architecture and also the broader context in which it is placed.

Architecture contributes to the continuously deploying of culture, being at the same time in a dialogue with arts, such as painting, sculpture, and cinema. It has always appeared to be strictly related to humans as it refers to primordial aspects of our existence and to the human need for shelter. The enlightenment of the contemplations and discussions around the issue of architectural intervention in human existence and living is sought through philosophy.

Philosophy contributes to the investigation of the extreme boundaries of human thought, of deep questions concerning the human being and the place of human beings in the world; thus, reaching primordial situations that bound our lives such as birth and death....

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